Qassem Soleimani reportedly injured in Syria’s Aleppo
Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds unit, was seriously injured in Syria, an Iranian news website reported.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Al-Arabiya that he’s aware of the reports on Soleimani’s injury in Aleppo, adding, however, that he cannot confirm them now.
AsrarIran, a Persian-language website which is close to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, reported that Soleimani and two of his companions were seriously injured 12 days ago in Aleppo’s battles after they had been targeted with a TOW anti-tank rocket.
According to the report, Soleimani received first aid in Syria and was then transferred to Tehran where he’s currently being treated in a hospital.
Amir Mousavi, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran, confirmed the news on Soleimani’s injury.
The report added that following Soleimani’s injury and transportation to Tehran, a high-ranking Quds brigade leader has taken over the command of Iranian forces and militias linked to them in Syria. The report, however, did not reveal his identity.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ leaders in Tehran reportedly confirmed hiding news of Soleimani’s injury because announcing it may negatively affect the morale of their troops and fighters affiliated with them in Syria.